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Frequently asked questions about Russia's attack on Ukraine and its effects on Russian citizens

We are currently receiving a large number of questions related to Russia’s attack on Ukraine. On this page, we have put together answers to frequently asked questions. The page will be updated as the situation develops. Page last updated on 8 March 2022 at 11.52.

The FAQ will be published in Russian as soon as possible.

Citizenship

Are there any plans to reconsider the dual citizenships held by Russians?

No. Finnish citizenship may only be lost for specific reasons laid down by law. The conditions for obtaining Finnish citizenship are also laid down by law.

Finnish citizenship is not granted unless the relevant conditions are met.

Can I apply for Finnish citizenship?

There are no restrictions regarding the nationality of the applicant. Citizens of any country may apply for Finnish citizenship. However, you should not apply before you meet all the requirements for becoming a citizen, such as a sufficient period of residence and language skills.

Asylum seekers

I’m Russian citizen, and my spouse is Ukrainian. We live in Russia. I have refused military service. What are my chances of getting asylum in Finland? How about my spouse's?

The Finnish Immigration Service does not make assessments of anyone’s possibilities to be granted asylum before an asylum application is actually submitted. After an asylum seeker personally submits an asylum application to the police or the border control authorities in Finland, the Finnish Immigration Service will examine the application. 

We investigate each asylum application individually, taking into account the current situation in and up-to-date country information on the asylum seeker’s home country. The need for international protection is assessed in relation to the asylum seeker’s country of nationality, meaning the applicant’s home country.

For more information, see the page What are the grounds for asylum?.

I’m Russian citizen and I have openly supported Ukraine. What are my chances of getting asylum in Finland?

The Finnish Immigration Service does not make assessments of anyone’s possibilities to be granted asylum before an asylum application is actually submitted. After an asylum seeker personally submits an asylum application to the police or the border control authorities in Finland, the Finnish Immigration Service will examine the application. 

We investigate each asylum application individually, taking into account the current situation in and up-to-date country information on the asylum seeker’s home country. The need for international protection is assessed in relation to the asylum seeker’s country of nationality, meaning the applicant’s home country.

For more information, see the page What are the grounds for asylum?.

Residence permits

Does Russia’s attack on Ukraine affect the existing residence permits of Russian citizens, or the granting of residence permits to Russian citizens?

Currently, the residence permits of Russian citizens are processed normally. However, Russia’s attack on Ukraine may lead to longer processing times.

Me and my spouse are Russian citizens. I have a permanent residence permit in Finland. My spouse was recently granted a first residence permit to Finland. What will happen to our existing permits now? Do we lose our residence permits?

Russia’s attack on Ukraine does not affect the residence permit applications of Russian citizens or their existing residence permits.

I've already applied for a residence permit but I have not yet received a decision. Can I come to Finland already now?

You must have a residence permit or a visa to travel to Finland. For more information on visas, see the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

I’m Russian citizen and I have a residence permit in Ukraine. Can I come to Finland? Can I get a residence permit in Finland?

You cannot travel to Finland based on a residence permit granted by Ukraine. 

  • If you have a Schengen visa, you can travel to and stay in Finland for up to 90 days. For more information on visas, see the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs 
  • If you have grounds for a residence permit in Finland, such as family ties in Finland or a job, you can apply for a residence permit. More information on applications and requirements is available on our website

General questions

Can you process my application as urgent because of Russia’s attack?

The processing of an application cannot be expedited based on Russia’s attack. Read more about expedited processing.

Banks in Russia have threatened to freeze bank accounts because of the sanctions. What should I do if I can’t get bank statements or can’t add them to my residence permit application?

First, check our website to see whether or not bank statements are required for your application. If bank statements are required but you cannot obtain them, add a written statement about this to your application. Explain in your statement why you cannot submit the required documents. We will take the explanation into account when your application is decided.

Does Russia’s attack on Ukraine affect the processing of applications lodged by Russian citizens?

Applications submitted by Russian citizens are processed normally. However, Russia’s attack on Ukraine may lead to longer processing times.

I’d like to apply for a residence permit in Finland. Do you accept applications from Russian citizens?

Yes, we will process applications submitted by Russian citizens.